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Described as “magnificent, carrying each passage with effortless grace,” (KC Metropolis) soprano Laura Lowry is a versatile performer, equally adept in concert, recital, and opera.  Originally from Texas, Laura graduated summa cum laude from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She is currently pursuing of Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Dr. Aidan Soder from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, from which she also holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance.


Laura performed the role of Little Red Riding Hood with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s outreach program during the 2013-2014 season.  Kansas City audiences have recently seen her as Ilia in Idomeneo and Lucy in The Telephone with the KC Opera Institute.  As a supporter of contemporary music, Laura participated in the 2013 New Fangled Opera Festival as Valerie in Close Encounter of the Hillbilly Kind and the 2nd Quark Sister in Quantum Mechanic.  Her European appearances include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro in Salzburg, Austria with FAVA-Austria and Vénus in Orphée aux enfers in Périgeuex, France with Opéra du Périgord.  Other operatic roles include Noémie (Cendrillon), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Valencienne (Die Lustige Witwe), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), the First Knitter (Game of Chance), Célie (Signor Deluso), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Little Red Riding Hood (Into the Woods).


As she makes her place in opera, Laura is establishing herself even more quickly as a strong presence in the field of oratorio and concert repertoire. With a great love for early music, she recently appeared as the soprano soloist for Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the UMKC Conservatory and Southern Methodist University and as Belinda in a concert version of Dido and Aeneas with the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.  Other early music credits include Gloria (Vivaldi), BWV 191, BWV 202, BWV 70, and BWV 18.  Her contemporary solo engagements include David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, Chen Yi’s Chinese Myths, and a world premier by composer Paul Rudy.  Audiences have also heard her as the soprano soloist for Mendelssohn’s Lord Hear my Prayer and Faure’s Requiem.


Laura is currently researching and recording the vocal works of Romantic German composer Emilie Zumsteeg.  She has won two UMKC Women’s Council Grants and is currently a finalist for a Fulbright grant.  Laura is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UMKC, maintains a private voice studio, is a certified Kindermusik Instructor, and sings with professional choir Kantorei of Kansas City.


In addition to her love for music, Laura has done extensive work in the field of mathematics. She graduated summa cum laude from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Mathematics. During her time at SHSU she taught freshman mathematics as an adjunct professor and graduate teaching assistant. For her master’s project, she combined both of her worlds studying mathematical models of vocal fold oscillation.




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